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Configuring app logging

When investigating a run-time problem, you may need to increase the logging level for the Better DevOps Automation app. Doing so, it will write more details about what it does to the log, which helps you understand the problem.

How to enable DEBUG-level logging

To turn on DEBUG logging from the web interface without stopping Jira:

  1. Login to Jira as administrator.
  2. Go to Jira AdministrationSystemLogging and Profiling.
  3. Click Configure logging level for another package under Default Loggers.
  4. Enter "com.midori" to Package Name and choose "DEBUG" in Logging Level.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Check if this new package was correctly added to the Default Loggers list.

Now execute the app function that you think fails, then check the log for the details.

How to enable TRACE-level logging

In some rare cases, you may need to turn on TRACE logging, the most detailed logging level. For that, just follow the DEBUG-level logging guide but choose "TRACE" as logging level (instead of "DEBUG").

Warning: TRACE logging can produce a very high number of log lines. Therefore, it should be turned off as soon as possible!

Viewing the log

The Better DevOps Automation app writes its own log lines to the Jira log:

  1. Find the logfile named atlassian-jira.log (see the guide by Atlassian).
  2. Search for the text "com.midori" to find the lines written by Better DevOps Automation.
  3. If you can't see any log line written by the app, check if DEBUG logging is configured correctly, then use the corresponding app function again.

If you can't interpret the log lines you found, report it to our support. We are there to help you!

Typical problems and their solutions

This section gives you practical hints to find the root cause when facing non-trivial problems.

My DevOps automation rule is not executed.

It can be caused by many different reasons. Follow these steps to investigate the root cause:

  1. Go to the Audit Log of the automation rule.
  2. Check if there is a log entry created for your last rule execution?
    • If there isn't, the rule was not executed. In this case:
      1. Wait for some minutes, then check the log again because there may be little delays in the rule execution. Check if the log entry is still missing?
      2. Check if the pre-conditions written in the configuration guide are met?
      3. Check if you precisely followed each step of the configuration guide?
    • If there is, the rule was executed. In this case:
      1. View the log entry details for the execution status:
        • Not successful?
          1. If the rule requires issues, check if at least one issue key was mentioned in the commit message?
          2. View the error message in the log entry for the root cause of the problem, and fix the root cause.
        • Successful?
          1. It means that the trigger worked correctly (i.e. the Better DevOps Automation app successfully completed its part), but the actions, conditions or other components if the rule didn't (i.e. the Automation for Jira app failed with its part). Please contact the Atlassian support with the problem.

I see "Failed to parse command parameter ..." errors in the audit log.

It means that the command parameter pattern could not be matched to the parameters that the developer entered to the commit message. For example, he entered the command "@status", but without a status name. The audit log shows both the parameter pattern and the part of the commit message that app tried to parse, therefore you can confirm the precise cause.

You can prevent these types of problems by enforcing the correct command parameters with a commit policy.

For additional debugging, you can use the Log action and write the command parameters to the audit log. Reminder: the command parameter called "foo" is available as the smart value named {{devops.foo}})

I see "ClassNotFoundException: com.codebarrel.automation...EventTriggerRuleComponent not found" errors in the Jira log.

Due to a internal classloading quirk in the Jira app container, the Better DevOps Automation for Jira app must be installed after the Automation for Jira app. Otherwise this exception is thrown.

Fix: just uninstall and re-install the Better DevOps Automation for Jira app. It guarantees the correct order.

(Although the Better DevOps Automation app can't resolve the problem by itself, at least it detects the problem and displays the fixing instructions in the Genius Commands screen and at the triggers' configuration form. That way, the problem doesn't remain hidden.)

I see "ComponentInputs.getIssues() crashed!" errors in the audit log.

This is a known bug in the Automation for Jira app. We reported this for Atlassian, and it is tracked as JRASERVER-72132. We strongly encourage you to vote for the bug, to increase its importance for the Automation for Jira developer team.

As far as we know, it happens only if all the following relatively rare conditions are true:

  1. Your rule uses a DevOps automation trigger.
  2. Your rule uses a DevOps automation action.
  3. Your rule uses a "Branch rule / related issues" component in front of the DevOps action somewhere, and it receives more than one issue as input.

As workaround, try to implement your automation rule in a way that at least one of these are not applicable to your implementation.

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